Forbes >interviewed Blizzard Chief of Operations (COO) Paul Sams, who debunked rumors that BlizzCon 2010 would be the platform to reveal the Next-Gen MMO. A particular comment no doubt keeps the rumor mill engines going forth. The Next-Gen MMO now counts with 140 employees and development is at full speed.
|“We have built a development team for that product from our top talent here and augmented it with some of the best and brightest from around the industry,” Sams says. “The product is something we think is going to re-design the way these types of games are looked at.”
In August, Activision Blizzard chief Bobby Kotick suggested that the new MMO would not be based on existing franchises, in the company’s first-quarter conference call.
Sams dispelled rumors that the company would be saying anything new about the upcoming game at its BlizzCon videogame conference at the end of this month. “It’s not something we’re announcing at BlizzCon,” he says.
The Post-Gazette interviewed Paul Sams concerning the recent news that he is one of the co-owners of the Pittsburgh’s NFL team The Steelers. He confirmed his friendship with Thomas Tull (Legendary Pictures CEO), who is also a new co-owner and shareholder of The Steelers. At the end of the interview, the Post-Gazette pitched a question to find out the current status of the Warcraft Film.
For now it is in pre-production stage, putting the script together, while Sam Raimi works on Spider-Man 4.
|Post-Gazette: When is the “World of Warcraft” movie coming out?
Paul Sams: Sam Raimi has been attached as the director. We’re working really hard with Legendary [Pictures] and Sam—he has “Spider-Man 4” first, then he’ll move to this project. We’re in the process of developing the scripts.
Off-Topic: Paul Sams (Blizzard COO, chief operating officer) is now shareholder and co-owner among other families of the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers according to the official Steelers website. Interesting to note is the friendship between Paul Sams and Thomas Tull. Both are shareholders of this football team. Thomas Tull has been well-known by Blizzard fans since around 2006. He is Chairman and CEO of Legendary Pictures who resently announced Sam Raimi as the new director of the Warcraft film.
Hold it there. The new Next-Gen MMO is an NFL All-Stars game!!! Just kidding folks.
Mike Morhaime (CEO) and Paul Sams (COO) accepted the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition award for World of Warcraft as the most popular MMORPG with 11.6 million subscribers; and for StarCraft, the best selling strategy game for PC with over 9.5 million copies sold worldwide.
Elsewhere in E3, Gaz and Matt had the opportunity to meet up with some of the people who have made massive, record-breaking contributions to videogaming, and who have featured in Gamer
Update found here
It looks like Blizzard Entertainment got yet another game in early development. If you are a programmer with awesome skills and experience in the game industry, you have the opportunity to join the best international game studios and all what comes attached to that: good salary, benefits, reputation and access to the in-house gym and cafeteria to boot.
Thus far Blizzard is developing five new games:
1. Starcraft II
2. Diablo III
3. New World of Warcraft expansion
4. Next-Gen MMO
5. A new unannounced game (New IP?)
The fifth brand-new unannounced game surfaced last week. I don’t recall any executives commenting about the existence of a fifth game before, but certainly two executives have hinted interest in a new IP.
The first time a new IP was hinted was as far back as 2006, when Paul Sams said the following to Gamespot:
|Paul Sams: “I wouldn|